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Rame, Cornwall

Historical Description

Rame, a parish in Cornwall, on the coast, 5 miles SW by S of Plymouth station on the G.W.R. Post town, Plymouth; money order office, Cawsand; telegraph office, Millbrook, Cornwall. Acreage, 1271; population, 865. There is a parish council consisting of ten members. Rame Head projects into the English Channel from Maker Heights; terminates a semicircular range of cliffs coming eastward from Looe; is the nearest land to Eddystone Lighthouse; commands a view of the Cornish coast almost to the Lizard; is crowned with the ruin of a chapel; and is the Kriou Metopon or Ram's Head of Ptolemy. Penlee Point, 2 miles E by N of that headland, flanks the W end of the entrance of Plymouth Sound, is crowned by a beacon, and is strongly fortified. South of the parish is Polhawn Battery, a strong fortress commanding Whitesand Bay. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Truro; net value, £160 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Mount Edgecumbe. The church, which dates from the 13th century, has been well restored.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyCornwall 
Ecclesiastical parishRame St. German 
Poor Law unionSt. Germans 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Rame from the following:


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Visitations Heraldic

We have a copy of The Visitations of Cornwall, by Lieut.-Col. J.L. Vivian online.

RegionSouth West
Postal districtPL10
Post TownTorpoint